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July 17, 2018, Nogales, Arizona – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), recently visited the Mexico-United States border at Nogales, Arizona, to listen to the stories of families who had left their homeland to escape the dangers and poverty that they faced at home.
Many who are seeking asylum are facing detention or deportation in the United States. The refugee families are assisted by programs such as the Kino Border Initiative, directed by Father Sean Carroll, SJ, and by Casa Alitas, a family shelter in the Diocese of Tucson.
Sister Donna told Catholic News Service that the experience was “emotionally overwhelming.”
Read the full article from the Catholic News Service and watch a video clip of Sister Donna’s experience from Tucson’s KGUN channel 9 news.
May 7, 2018, Portland, Oregon – The Gospel calls Catholics to care for the most vulnerable people in society, including immigrants, Sister Donna Markham, OP, told an audience at All Saints Church in Portland. In the Tobin Lecture, sponsored by the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Portland, Sister Donna emphasized that immigrants are “real people with real lives.” Sister Donna is President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA and a former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Read the full article, written by Ed Langlois in The Catholic Sentinel, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland.